The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best Big City Sleep
- Stunning views of Central Park
- World class cabaret (and occasionally Woody Allen on clarinet) at Café Carlyle
- Top-notch in-house boutiques ranging from H.M. Luther Antiques to Vera Wang
What To Know
- Although the hotel and its bar are becoming trendy again, it’s still a long way from Manhattan’s hip downtown neighborhoods
- It’s a favorite of celebrities and politicians, which can sometimes cause inconvenient security measures
- WiFi is an additional cost per day
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Classic and timeless without feeling dated. The lobby is all gleaming black marble and impeccably maintained cupcake moldings, with Deco touches in the low-slung salmon-colored chairs and oversize mirrors. The restaurants and bars retain much of their original 1930s glamour, while the guest rooms have been modernized through a series of subtle makeovers. The rooms feel more residential than hotel-like, giving guests a sense of staying at an Upper East Side pied-à-terre. Even the simplest rooms have original hardwood floors, custom fabrics in playful prints, original Audubon pictures and Piranese and Kips artworks on the walls. Some of the higher-floor rooms have a sophisticated new look from Alexandra Champalimaud, plus stunning park views. The generous supply of Kiehl’s toiletries (not just the usual shampoo and body lotion, but also facial moisturizer and lip balm) is a welcome touch in the bathrooms. The hotel’s watering holes have drawn a glamorous crowd for decades, and they practically ooze history. Bemelman’s Bar is decorated with murals of Central Park painted by the Madeline artist Ludwig Bemelman, alongside chocolate-brown leather banquettes, nickel-trimmed black glass tabletops and a gilded ceiling. The Carlyle Restaurant remains one of the few white tablecloth establishments in a city increasingly obsessed with casual dining, while Café Carlyle is a supper club with nightly cabaret performances. The jewel box of a spa features Sisley facials, and Yves Durif does the coiffing.
In the Area
The Carlyle’s Upper East Side location is near the prime luxury shopping of Madison Avenue and Museum Mile. The Whitney Museum of American Art is on the next block, while the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim are a short walk away. Among the neighborhood’s best restaurants are Daniel Boulud’s Café Boulud and the Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. And, of course, Central Park is just a stone’s throw away.
How to Get There
I had heard of The Carlyle from friends and colleagues, and also from the media, but never really prepared myself for the experience. It felt like walking onto a Hollywood set, i half expected Garbo or Hayworth to walk past me any minute.
Expensive, yes, but very much worth it. Attention to detail from the moment you step out of the car to the moment you step back out to leave.
Friendly, polite, courteous, and helpful. Everything you could ask for, and more.
Thank you for making my birthday stay so special!!!
Not your typical NYC hotel. Warm, helpful and pleasant staff. We typically stay in Chelsea or Soho but warmed up quickly to the area. Looking forward to going back. We have found our next go to hotel.
I knew of The Carlyle's storied history, but had never stayed there because I perceived it as an "older" hotel. I was so wrong! I used an American Express Platinum card promotion to book my first, 3-night stay at the Carlyle due to its location near my destination. The lobby is still a glorious marble with the traditional fixtures, and the Café and Bar have retained all of their traditional décor and somewhat formal, 5-star service. However, my newly renovated room (1107) was light, bright, and the fixtures and decor were modern and perfectly laid out. Everything was so elegant and well-thought-out, I could easily have stayed for a week or more. We also found the service was extraordinary - friendly and warm but still suited to the hotel's elegance and history. The Front Desk, old-world elevator operators, housekeeping staff, and restaurant staff were all fantastic - genuinely interested in us as well as in upholding the Carlyle's service. We only ate breakfast at the hotel, but the menu included traditional, healthy, AND fast alternatives that suited all lifestyles. My Amex promotion included a break on spa services, which were highly professional (my eyebrows have never looked so good :-) Lastly, the hotel's location right in the heart of the Madison Ave shopping district (and acccessible to the 77th Street subway station) can't be beat - it's both super-quiet and super-accessible. You can be comfortable here whether you're on a business trip or casual vacation - I will definitely be back.